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Soccer Insider: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Video: Bocanegra's goal

Three days after scoring for the United States against the Netherlands, Carlos Bocanegra started at left back for Rennes and provided a first-half goal in the 1-0 victory over Monaco. Did he make contact with Sylvain Marveaux's free kick?...

By Steve Goff  |  March 6, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , France  
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Michelle Obama united with soccer

First Lady Michelle Obama joined D.C. United academy coaches Judah Cooks and John Maessner, current and former players and others from the soccer community for a "Let's Move!" youth fitness clinic in downtown Washington on Friday....

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2010; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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MLS labor negotiations update

MLS and the players' union announced Friday afternoon that they have agreed to resume negotiations concerning a collective bargaining agreement next week in Washington. As part of the meetings, George H. Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, will try to help resolve the issues. This little...

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  MLS  
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D.C. United signs Morsink, dumps N'Galula

We fully expected D.C. United to sign midfielder Kurt Morsink, who played three years for Curt Onalfo in Kansas City and began a trial last week. We certainly didn't expect the club, after just a month of training camp, to waive midfielder-defender Flo N'Galula, the former Manchester United prospect who...

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Friday kickaround

*As part of preparations for its first World Cup appearance in 44 years, North Korea was in Venezuela on Thursday for a friendly. The match ended in a 1-1 tie. But with the North Koreans, it's never that cut and dried. According to reports in Venezuela, the Koreans lost...

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , England , MLS , USL  
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Weekend TV listings

What are you going to watch? SATURDAY FA Cup, Portsmouth-Birmingham 7:25 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Plus Germany, Cologne-Bayern Munich 9:25 a.m. ESPN Deportes Germany, Werder Bremen-Stuttgart 9:30 a.m. GolTV England, Arsenal-Burnley 9:55 a.m. FSP England, West Ham-Bolton 10 a.m. Fox Soccer Channel Italy, Fiorentina-Juventus 11:55 a.m. FSP Spain, Coruna-Tenerife noon...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  TV  
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Thursday kickaround

*Overshadowed by the USA men's loss to the Netherlands, the USA women won the Algarve Cup with a 3-2 victory over Germany on goals by Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach and Lauren Cheney. Next on the calendar are a pair of friendlies with Mexico in late March in San Diego and...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USA 2nd division , Women  
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Video: Chicharito's goal for Mexico

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, El Tri's 21-year-old sensation from Chivas Guadalajara, elevates for the first goal in Mexico's 2-0 friendly victory over New Zealand in front of 90,000-plus at the Rose Bowl. (What's with the Mexican uniforms?) He has three goals in the past two matches. Both his father and grandfather...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Mexico  
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Holden sidelined with leg injury

USA midfielder Stuart Holden has a fracture in his right leg and will be sidelined around six weeks, according to reports in Europe. Holden was injured on a challenge by Nigel de Jong midway through the first half of the 2-1 loss at the Netherlands on Wednesday. On a six-week...

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  
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Algeria stumbles at home

If you're feeling down about the USA's 2-1 loss to the Netherlands, the motion pictures of first-round Cup opponent Algeria getting thumped at home by Serbia, 3-0, will surely cheer you up. The keeper has a howler on the first goal. For Algerian supporters, however, the event trumped the result....

By Steve Goff  |  March 4, 2010; 12:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa  
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USA quotes and video

Landon Donovan: "I thought we did okay. We had some moments in the first half that were okay but I don't think we put enough pressure on them. You always know that when you come here and play them that they're going to have a lot of the ball and...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2010; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  
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USA-Netherlands rewind

At Amsterdam ArenA NETHERLANDS 2 USA 1 GOALS: Kuyt 40th minute (penalty kick) Huntelaar 73rd minute (deflection) Bocanegra 89th (header) Injury: Stuart Holden shin contusion, X-rays scheduled. USA PLAYER RATINGS Howard 7; Spector 5, DeMerit 7, Bocanegra 7, Bornstein 3; Holden 5, Bradley 6.5, Torres 5.5, Donovan 4; Altidore 5,...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  
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Matchday: USA-Netherlands

USA vs. Netherlands friendly...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Netherlands , U.S. men's national team  
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D.C. United news & notes

*D.C. United President Kevin Payne met with the Maryland Stadium Authority in Baltimore on Tuesday to continue discussions about a proposed project near Camden Yards, the Insider has learned. Club officials declined to comment. Don't read too much into it, however. As part of the stadium authority's feasibility study, it...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Poll: USA-Netherlands

poll by twiigs.com...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Netherlands , Poll , U.S. men's national team  
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Wednesday kickaround

*The Insider had the scoop a couple weeks ago, and now it's official: The U.S. national team's friendly May 25 against the Czech Republic will be played at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. -- the site of an American send-off match four years ago. So the pre-World Cup schedule...

By Steve Goff  |  March 3, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , FIFA , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Charlie Davies accident update

The Post's Metro reporting staff tells the Insider that..... The U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, Va., is overseeing a criminal investigation into Ashley Roberta's death in the crash that injured U.S. soccer player Charlie Davies last fall, federal law enforcement officials said. The officials, who requested anonymity because the investigation...

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2010; 9:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , U.S. men's national team  
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Video: Brazilian magic

Robinho's goal that capped a 2-0 victory for Brazil over Ireland in a friendly in London:...

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2010; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Brazil  
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D.C. United's Burch, Simms sidelined (update)

In a major setback to its MLS preparations, D.C. United announced Tuesday evening that defender Marc Burch will be sidelined four months and midfielder Clyde Simms will miss four weeks because of injuries suffered at training camp. Simms, a mainstay in United's defensive midfield, tore knee meniscus and underwent surgery...

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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D.C. United's midfield and Quaranta's role

If you're waiting for D.C. United to sign a traditional playmaker, someone to follow in the footsteps of Marco Etcheverry, Christian Gomez, Marcelo Gallardo and Gomez again, you are probably wasting your time. Although the club remains in the market for roster help, it appears DCU is preparing to pair...

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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United's Burch, Simms suffer injuries

D.C. United's Marc Burch, the starting left back last season and a candidate to add depth to a thin central defense corps this year, suffered a foot injury that might sideline him for months, the Insider has learned. No details were available, but he is being evaluated by the team's...

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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D.C. United roster updates

*Goalkeeper Ray Burse and forward Two-Boys Gumede have ended their trials and will not be offered contracts. *Defender Quiarol Arzu has returned to Honduras, and the club will make a decision soon whether to make an offer to his club, Platense. *Defender Barry Rice, from the University of Kentucky, and...

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Tuesday kickaround

*100 days until Mexico and South Africa get the World Cup party started at Soccer City in Johannesburg, and Sepp has something to say. *A busy week of friendlies begins today with Ireland playing Brazil at Emirates Stadium in London (3 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). The Independent takes a...

By Steve Goff  |  March 2, 2010; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Africa , Americans Abroad , Brazil , England , U.S. men's national team  
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Zidane, D.C. United, USA women, World Cup

*Zinedine Zidane tells Spanish publication El Pais that he will never apologize to Marco Materazzi for head-butting the Italian defender in the chest during the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin: "If it was Kaka, a regular guy, a good guy, of course I would have apologized, but to this...

By Steve Goff  |  March 1, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  2010 World Cup , D.C. United , France , Women  
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March madness for World Cup-bound teams

With the only international fixture window of the spring this week, every World Cup-bound team, except Chile and Paraguay, is in action: Tuesday Brazil vs. Ireland at Emirates in London (3 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel) Wednesday USA vs. Netherlands at Amsterdam Arena (2:30, ESPN2, Galavision) Argentina vs. Germany in Munich...

By Steve Goff  |  March 1, 2010; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Monday kickaround

*Although he is not on the official roster, defender Steve Cherundolo will train with the U.S. team in Amsterdam the next two days as part of his rehab from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for a month. He expects to return to action for Hanover next week. *England's...

By Steve Goff  |  March 1, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Americans Abroad , D.C. United , England , TV , U.S. men's national team , Women  
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Americans abroad

With the World Cup approaching, the weekly list will be confined to players in contention for a U.S. roster slot, well-known veterans and other notable performances. Scandinavian-based Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus), Clarence Goodson (Start) and Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro) have yet to begin their respective seasons while Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan), Clint...

By Steve Goff  |  February 28, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Americans Abroad  
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Edu's late goal lifts Rangers over Celtic

It is one of world soccer's grandest rivalries, and on Sunday, an American took center stage. Maurice Edu, a California native who starred at the University of Maryland, scored on a scramble during injury time to lift Glasgow Rangers to a 1-0 home victory over bitter rival Celtic. He...

By Steve Goff  |  February 28, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Scotland  
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